A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in my living room with the women in my Wellness Commitments Series, and we were discussing the awkward situation of what to do when you are invited to someone’s house, but then don’t want to eat what they are serving.
Kindness comes from the heart.
People-pleasing comes from the ego.
In the situation described above, with the homemade cakes, it seems to me to be a people-pleasing moment driven by the ego.
You don’t want to eat the cake--flat out. You eat the cake anyway because you don’t want to be rude, but in reality it's because you don’t want people to judge you and think you are rude.
People-pleasing all the way.
Being nice or kind isn’t really a part of the picture.
If you were nice or kind, you would, in your heart, feel grateful for the cake and want to eagerly partake in eating it. Instead, you feeling resentful of your friend for making it in the first place, and putting you in this position.
It’s okay to say “no”, especially when it goes against your values and commitments to yourself.
Your intention in showing up is to be a good friend and connect with others. You aren’t trying to by malicious by not eating cake.
If your friend receives it poorly, and doesn’t understand your values and commitments, then I would wonder if she/he is truly a friend in the first place.
So, next time you find yourself in a position like this ask yourself:
Sometimes being bold means not eating cake.
It's Your Life. Live It Boldly.
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